One Thousand Stars and You Paperback – 23 Aug 2018
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Fun yet thought-provoking and emotional, this is Isabelle Broom's best book yet (Sun)
An irresistible love story with an eclectic and lovable cast of characters. Unashamedly romantic and touching (Daily Express)
This left us with tears in our eyes and a smile on our face (Heat)
You can always expect an exotic location, some heart-melting romance and maybe even a few tears from an Isabelle Broom novel (Red Online)
A beautiful, romantic read. We devoured it in one sitting (Closer)
An irresistible read (Prima)
Evocative and romantic (Woman & Home)
This atmospheric romance will sweep you away (The People)
An irresistible love story full of will-they-won't-they moments. As romantic as the setting itself, this wonderfully uplifting story takes you on a journey in every sense (Catherine Isaac)
Pack your passport because Isabelle Broom is about to take you on a beautiful emotional journey (Adele Parks)
About the Author
Isabelle Broom was born in Cambridge nine days before the 1980s began and studied Media Arts in London before joining the ranks at Heat magazine, where she remains the Book Reviews editor. Always happiest when she is off on an adventure, Isabelle now travels all over the world seeking out settings for her novels, as well as making the annual pilgrimage to her true home - the Greek island of Zakynthos. Currently based in Suffolk, where she shares a cottage with her dog Max and approximately 467 spiders, Isabelle fits her writing around a busy freelance career and tries her best not to be crushed to oblivion under her ever-growing pile of to-be-read books.
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Alice is trapped in life (despite not being able to admit it to herself) by an over bearing mother, and now boyfriend. An accident when she was younger has left her doing her best to make sure everyone else is happy; but by doing so, sacrificing her own happiness. Alice and her best friends, Steph and Maureen all turn 30 on consecutive days, which seems like the perfect opportunity for one last big adventure before she settles down with boyfriend, Richard.
Max is in Sri Lanka with friend Jamal; he’s on a physical and emotional journey after recovering from a huge loss of his own. When the two groups strike up a friendship and begin exploring the Sri Lankan sights together Alice re-ignites a spark in him, but he also wants to ignite that spark in Alice that he senses she’s hiding…
This is without doubt my favourite of Broom’s novels; I knew it was going to be after only reading a few chapters – sometimes you just know, don’t you?! I felt that spark between Alice and Max very early on; Broom wrote from both Alice and Max’s viewpoints where her writing allowed me to feel like I intimately knew them both, they were easy to love and a great amount of depth and understanding had gone into their characters, resulting in my sudden investment and connection to them and their stories. I really rooted for them both throughout the novel; just like how they loved sharing their experiences together, I, as the reader loved sharing them alongside.
Broom not only transported me away into her characters lives; she whisked me away to Sri Lanka, which is very much a character itself so to say. In all honesty, it’s not somewhere I’ve ever paid much attention to in travel, but with Broom’s details of colour, heat, sights, sounds; the exotic wildlife, eccentric and colourful personalities of the locals, and the historic sites, I feel I began to know and learn about this place – it’s definitely an unusual choice for this kind of novel, but it worked in broadening my horizons (and as I always say; I’ve learnt more about the world from reading than I ever did in my Geography lessons!). I also thought the amount of detail in her descriptions was just right, not going overboard with sentences and sentences and derailing from the story side. Adams Peak sounded wonderful from the top where Alice and Max spent a special moment – I couldn’t resist googling the dawn photos of it myself, and it was every bit as beautiful as the writing told me!
I must mention my enjoyment of the dynamic of the two friendship groups and thought it worked very well; Steph, Maureen and Jamal all brought a little something to the story alongside Alice and Max and I enjoyed their easy humour and flirting, but also thought there was enough drama and tension to balance out the novel, with those more sensitive subjects handled with the correct care and understanding – showing that research has most certainly been done.
One Thousand Stars and You is an inspiring, uplifting and oh so romantic story. It’s a tale of self discovery, life, love and loss, and overcoming those fears of being able to be who you want to be, rather than settling for what others want you to be. It completely captured my heart and I can’t wait to see where the author is taking me next…
When Alice’s best friends Steph and Maureen suggest a trip to Sri Lanka to celebrate their 30th birthdays Alice jumps at the opportunity. Bored with her job and seeking more adventure than her day to day life has to offer she decides to go. Although her pragmatic boyfriend Richard and mother are not happy about it Alice promises to be on best behaviour and she is, until she meets Max.
Max Davis is with friend Jamal on a trip around Sri Lanka to prove himself. To prove his broken body doesn’t need to be fixed and to prove he can still do all that he used to.
Max was once in the army. Whilst serving in Afghanistan his tank went straight over and IED and blew it up. Two comrades were killed and Max lost half his leg. In its place is now ‘Mister tee’, his prosthetic lower limb. Whilst he has still a lot of mental and physical scarring Max is all too aware of how lucky he was and the post-accident Max is determined to show the new him is different but as capable as the one before.
Alice and Max seem to gravitate to one another from the moment they meet. It soon becomes obvious they have both faced trauma and yet they have dealt with this in very different way. Alice is timid and has chosen a safe life to please her parents and her boyfriend, pretending to herself this is the best option for everyone. Max has decided to embrace his sensitive side and physically push himself through recovery. He relishes the life he knows he almost didn’t have and grabs every opportunity he can.
As they spend time together Alice finds herself completely trusting Max and confining in him about the old Alice, the one Max knows still wants to escape but who doesn’t want to cause harm. Max realises Alice understands him and sees further than his stump and tragedy behind it.
As the feelings between the two grow, they look forward to seeing each other and spending time together but Alice begins to struggle emotionally, battling between her heart and head. Max embraces his feelings but begins his own battle with the physical pain that is increasing in his leg and what this means for him.
When Max opens up to Alice about his feelings for her she reverts to the timid persona she has become so accustomed to. Alice, once again, ignores her feelings for the good of those at home but soon has to face them when Max’s injury becomes life threatening.
I really enjoyed reading this book as the characters are not like any two I have encountered before. Their relationship is unexpected to both of them and I loved seeing how this developed and the way they learned from each other how to make themselves whole.
I would give One thousand stars and you 4 stars. It is full of fun, friendship, romance and adventure. Whilst the back stories of Alice and Max may be tragic this novel explores the possibilities of what it is to live in the moment and what’s yet to come.
picture the story happening in places I know. Alice and Max (and all the other main characters) were likeable and fun and Max in particular was an especially insightful character. I would highly recommended this book.